Western NSW Local Health District and TAFE Western last night signed a formal ‘Partnership Commitment’ to deliver a sustainable, accomplished and culturally appropriate Aboriginal workforce in Western NSW.
The ‘Statement of Commitment’ builds on the existing strong relationship between the two organisations and was signed by Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District and Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director.
The signing took place at the graduation ceremony of 11 Aboriginal Health Worker Trainees from across western NSW. The commitment will develop new opportunities for Aboriginal people and close the gap in education, employment and health outcomes.
Ms Jenny Hazelton, TAFE Western’s Head Teacher of Aboriginal Health and Welfare said, “This signing marks an important milestone and will facilitate the continuous planning and implementation of education and training leading to jobs in the health industry.
“We appreciate the benefits the partnership has already provided for our students and the community.
“TAFE Western has a proud history of delivering Aboriginal health training programmes and our state-of-the-art ‘Winhanganha’ Learning Centre, which has clinical health services training facilities, allows us to provide relevant and innovative delivery,” said Ms Hazelton.
Mr Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District praised TAFE Western’s staff, facilities and training. “We are pleased to partner with TAFE Western who are the leading vocational education and training provider in the region.
“With TAFE Western’s assistance, the Western NSW Local Health District aims to increase the Aboriginal Health workforce to reflect our population, which is currently targeted at 11.1 per cent.”
Enrolments for all courses being offered at TAFE Western in 2015 are now open. Prospective students should visit their local college or call 1300 823 393 for further information.